$1,225 a Month for a Windowless Shed? Only in Vancouver

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Would you pay $1,225 a month to rent a shed?

A Craigslist rental listing that attracted ridicule and disbelief on social media over the weekend has also caught the attention of the City of Vancouver’s manager of development, buildings and licensing.

“Our property use inspectors have opened a file on this and plan to re-inspect to see if they in fact do stop renting it,” Kaye Krishna wrote in an email to Metro after being informed of the listing, which showed what appeared to be a windowless shed advertised at 525 square feet, with “a small loft space for a bed,” a washroom with a shower and a fridge, hotplate and sink, but no stove.

The owner of the East Vancouver property, who confirmed he was the “Jake” from the Craigslist ad, said the June 9 listing was a mistake and has now been removed. He said it was originally posted by a property caretaker who believed the building was a coach house; but when the owner looked inside the shed, it was clear “there was nothing there” in terms of wiring or plumbing.

Property records show the property was acquired in 2016 by Park Drive Investments and has an assessed value of $1.765 million.

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